Session Title

Holy Landscapes and Sacred Space

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Hagiography Society

Organizer Name

Monica Antoinette Ehrlich

Organizer Affiliation

Emory and Henry College

Presider Name

Monica Antoinette Ehrlich

Paper Title 1

Environmental History and Hagiography

Presenter 1 Name

Ellen F. Arnold

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Ohio Wesleyan Univ.

Paper Title 2

Catherine of Siena's Holy Landscape as Heterotopia

Presenter 2 Name

Catherine Annette Grisé

Presenter 2 Affiliation

McMaster Univ.

Paper Title 3

Women's Monasteries, Community Identity, and the Creation of Sacred Topographies ca. 500-1050

Presenter 3 Name

Jane Tibbetts Schulenburg

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison

Start Date

12-5-2016 3:30 PM

Session Location

Schneider 1355

Description

In recent years, medieval scholars have increased their attention to ecology and the material world. The rich interdisciplinary research in the fields of ecocriticism, environmental history, ecomateriality, geocriticism, and geoaesthetics attest to the profound impact that environment plays in building medieval communities. The field of medieval ecocriticism has been steadily increasing, but it underestimates the foundational importance of hagiography in medieval constructions of spiritual identity and sacred spaces. Questions of ecology and materiality are of utmost significance in hagiography. This interdisciplinary panel seeks to investigate further the role played by hagiography in transforming the global landscape and shaping environmental ethics.

Sara Ritchey

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May 12th, 3:30 PM

Holy Landscapes and Sacred Space

Schneider 1355

In recent years, medieval scholars have increased their attention to ecology and the material world. The rich interdisciplinary research in the fields of ecocriticism, environmental history, ecomateriality, geocriticism, and geoaesthetics attest to the profound impact that environment plays in building medieval communities. The field of medieval ecocriticism has been steadily increasing, but it underestimates the foundational importance of hagiography in medieval constructions of spiritual identity and sacred spaces. Questions of ecology and materiality are of utmost significance in hagiography. This interdisciplinary panel seeks to investigate further the role played by hagiography in transforming the global landscape and shaping environmental ethics.

Sara Ritchey